On This Day – England Score Eight in Istanbul

14-11-1984. On this day in 1984 England defeat Turkey 8-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Istanbul. Bryan Robson scored three, John Barnes and Tony Woodcock two each and Viv Anderson one.

The England line-up was: Shilton, Anderson, Sansom, Williams, Wright, Butcher, Wilkins, Robson, Woodcock, Withe, Barnes.

England where undefeated in a group that included Northern Ireland (qualified as runners-up), Romania, Finland and Turkey. They scored 21 goals in their eight qualifiers and conceded only two.


England reached the Quarter-final of the finals that where played in Mexico. Maradona and the ‘hand of God‘ sent England out of the tournament.

In the following qualifying group for the 1988 European Championships England and Turkey where again matched in the same group. England repeated the 8-0 scoreline at Wembley in October 1987. Robson and Barnes both scored two, Lineker scored three, and Neil Webb scored one.

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